The Other Side of the Lake

On the other side of the lake the crowds welcomed Jesus, because they had been waiting for him. Luke 8:40 NLT

When the herdsmen saw it, they fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. People rushed out to see what had happened. A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been freed from the demons. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid. Then those who had seen what happened told the others how the demon-possessed man had been healed. And all the people in the region of the Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them. So Jesus returned to the boat and left, crossing back to the other side of the lake. The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him home, saying, “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him. On the other side of the lake the crowds welcomed Jesus, because they had been waiting for him.

Luke 8: 34 – 40 NLT

‘I don’t want to have anything to do with your Jesus‘, he said and walked away in anger. We had only been speaking for a few minutes before he realised I was a Christian and that was the end. Something must have happened to him in the past. Something must have triggered this response.

There is a story in the Bible about a man who was possessed by demons. This man met Jesus and his life was completely transformed. For whatever reason, Jesus chose to send the demons he had cast out from the man into some pigs that were grazing in the field, and the demons sent them running off a cliff. The herdsmen and the people of that town decided that although Jesus had cured the man, that wasn’t enough to keep him around, so they sent him away. The Bible then goes on to record in the next verse that on the other side of the lake, the crowds welcomed Jesus because they had been waiting for him.

On one side of the lake are those who would have nothing to do with Jesus and what he has to offer, but on the other side are those who have waited for him and welcome his presence with jubilant celebration.

Those who reject him do so because of fear: fear that he will send all their pigs over the cliff again, and they do not want that. The pigs are their priced possessions; everything they’ve lived for. They’ll rather keep their pigs than expose themselves to the cleaning-out power of Jesus. It makes sense to hide when your life is a mess. It makes sense to cover up the dirt and live with the stench. It makes sense when that’s all that you’ve known. It makes sense. So you send Jesus away. Afraid of the changes the presence of Jesus would bring into your life, you reject his offer of salvation only to remain in the status quo.

On the other side of the lake, it’s a different story.

Those who accept him do so for so many reasons. Some, tired of the life they have lived, desire the change that only Jesus can bring. Others have experienced his transforming power and are only there to gaze at the beauty of his countenance and worship at his feet. Some still doubt what Jesus can do, but they are there anyway, maybe he’ll pass by and notice them and fix their broken hearts because they desperately need the fix. Still, on this side of the lake, it’s celebration for Jesus.

I’m looking at the world today and I don’t see a difference between now and the story of those on each sides of the lake. People reject Jesus daily to preserve the lives they have created for themselves here on earth. What they do not realise is that Jesus is interested in giving them a life now and in eternity. The time will come when they will no longer be the ones doing the rejecting, and I pray that they see it before then, and move over to the other side of the lake!

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(Another post rescued from my draft folder)

6 thoughts on “The Other Side of the Lake

  1. Bully for you, resurrecting gems from your draft folder! You are a good example to me.
    “The other side” — How blessed am I that God created me to live on the jubilant, welcoming side! The cross is the bridge, and that formerly demon-possessed man, I’m sure, led many to walk that bridge.

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    1. I thank God for leading me to that folder over and over and happy it inspires you, Kathy 🥰

      You know what you said about that man leading others is so important. Sometimes staying on that side of the lake is a ministry ☺️

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